At SHTC both the statutory and non-statutory elements of “Education for Citizenship & PSHE” are recognised as a core part of a young person's full educational entitlement and essential to the personal development of each young person. PSHCE is a collection of learning opportunities, experiences and outcomes that will impact on the development of individuals and the school as a whole.
The study of PSHCE is taught under three strands: Relationships, Health and Wellbeing, and Living in the Wider World. The ‘Relationships’ strand covers positive and appropriate relationships, transitions, teamwork, family roles, sexual relationships, the age of consent, peer pressure and body image. ‘Health and Wellbeing’ focuses on self-confidence, puberty, mental health, STIs, contraception, drugs, alcohol, exercise and first aid. Finally, themes such as diversity, stereotypes, discrimination, the political system, finance and voluntary organisations are covered through ‘Living in the Wider World’.
PSHCE is assessed through a competency of skills. No levels or grades are awarded.
PSHCE supplies pupils with the skills needed to work across all careers. PSHCE will help pupils to develop communication, problem solving and research skills. PSHCE also prepares pupils for life in the wider world.
PSHCE themes are covered through dedicated PSHCE lessons at Year 7, and through Philosophy and Ethics lessons during Year 8 and 9. Tutor time and assemblies also consider key themes. Teaching methods will include:
Under the Education Act, parents/carers have the right to withdraw their children from either part, or all, of the Sex Education provided by the school. Parents/carers who wish to withdraw their children from all, or part of the Sex Education Programme, should inform the Headteacher of their decision. Parents/carers are very welcome to meet members of staff to discuss their decision and to view materials which they may be concerned about. Students who are withdrawn from Sex Education lessons will be provided with alternative work. The situation will be handled sensitively in order to avoid embarrassment or comments from their peers.
Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.
GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.
Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.
Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!
The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (www.saatchionline.com/shtc)